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At Northridge Dental, we are proud to offer Invisalign, and we will be happy to discuss whether it is the right cosmetic option for you. 

About Invisalign

Braces are often used to straighten teeth, which makes people feel more confident. Traditional metal braces can be time-consuming and can be considered unsightly by adults, especially. Invisalign is a discreet, effective way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Invisalign trays work just like braces, but are almost invisible. As they are made of plastic rather than metal, they may cause less pain during the correction process. Invisalign is a great option if you’re looking for a subtle way to straighten your teeth.

Invisalign Specialists

Dr. Matian attended specialized training sessions to learn about the unique properties of Invisalign. With this advanced training, he can assess the success of using Invisalign versus metal braces or a combination of the two. By staying current with new developments in this revolutionary method, Dr. Matian offers the best Invisalign Encino has to offer.

Invisalign FAQs

How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

The procedure works by wearing customized aligners for a period of several weeks and then switching to a new set. After each switch, your teeth will be straighter. The aligners are worn constantly, but may be removed for eating and to brush and floss the teeth. In order to get the expected results, the aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day but since they are customized, most patients find they don’t notice them as they go about their daily activities.

How long does treatment take?

The entire process can take as little as a few months to a year, while traditional braces may require several years. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is practically invisible to those around you, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular. Adults usually complete the process on an average of 12 months period. Teens need to be assessed more carefully since they are still developing. If Invisalign is right, the time involved is less of an issue since aesthetically, the presence of metal braces is not an issue.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign does have some limitations. Teeth that are shaped or arranged a certain way may not work well with this method and may require the use of standard braces. This can include the type of bite, how even the teeth are in height, or if the teeth have rotated.

Patients who cannot remember to wear their aligners, or who may be too young to comply may not be good candidates. Since Invisalign braces may be removed during meals for comfort, this can cause a patient to stray from a treatment program by forgetting to put the aligners back in. The straightening plan will take longer if this occurs, so it is very important for the patient to be committed.

Is the treatment painful?

Moving the position of the teeth does create a degree of discomfort whether using metal braces or other alignment systems. Using the gentle Invisalign method, patients sometimes feel pressure for a few days after moving to a new aligner. While this may be uncomfortable, this means the teeth are moving into alignment.

How often will I need to see Dr. Matian while under treatment?

Patients need to schedule their check-ups about every six weeks to ensure the treatment is working as planned. Since there are no metal brackets or wires to adjust, office visits are short allowing patients to see Dr. Matian over their lunch hour. It is important to maintain a regular schedule of visits to ensure your expected result. Dr. Matian’s standard of care is to provide outstanding Invisalign service for his Los Angeles patients.

Will I need to give up certain foods?

Since the aligners must be removed during meals, there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink. It is important to practice good dental hygiene while undergoing Invisalign treatment to prevent food residue from becoming trapped inside the aligners and against your teeth. A good rule to follow is to clean your teeth immediately following meals.

Can I smoke or drink alcohol while wearing the aligners?

It is recommended that smoking be done while the aligners are not being worn as the smoke may cloud the finish. Alcohol can be consumed while wearing the aligners as long as the teeth and the aligner are thoroughly cleaned to avoid trapping the sugars contained in alcohol against the teeth. This rule applies for other sugary beverages such as soda and sports drinks.

How do I clean the aligners?

There is a cleaning system available from the manufacturer which is specifically designed to keep your aligners clean and fresh. They can also be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing in lukewarm, not hot, water. Even if they fall somewhere unhygienic, never disinfect them with hot water as they may warp.

Dr. Shawn Matian and the professional staff at Northridge Dental can outline the Invisalign method, how much it costs and whether it is the correct choice for you. We consistently help patients from all over Los Angeles get the smiles they want using Invisalign. Contact our office today to find out more.

Real Patients & Testimonials

Dr. Matian cares about his patients, his staff is amazing and the office is a clean and warm environment. I recommend them to all my family and friends. You can TRUST Northridge Dental!

Patty Smith


Northridge Dental is a fully accredited dental suite located in Northridge, California. This leading edge facility offers advanced, precise techniques to ensure the total health of any patient’s teeth. Additionally, it offers a full array of cosmetic dentistry procedures for those requiring a touch-up in the appearance of their teeth. 


Northridge Dental

Dr. Shawn Matian

9671 Reseda Blvd.

Northridge, CA 91324


(818) 345-5556

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